Heart to Heart, Lately

Posted by: Becca Smith Hill

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We are officially halfway through our first year of implementing our newest program for families at SLP: Heart to Heart: A Positive Parenting Program.  You can read more about the program and its goals here.  Through a generous Community Enrichment Grant from the Junior League of Columbia, we started this innovative program in January 2014.
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What’s for Lunch?

Posted by: Lila Anna Sauls

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We take nutrition seriously at St. Lawrence Place.  In the latest studies, 20% of children were found living in food insecure households.  Summer is even tougher on the families with school-age children, because the two meals the schools were providing are also gone.
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Summer Fun at SLP!

Posted by: Becca Smith Hill

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History of Violence and Trauma for Homeless Mothers

Posted by: Becca Smith Hill

The SHIFT (Service and Housing Interventions for Families in Transition) Study examined longitudinal outcomes among families experiencing homelessness and entering an emergency shelter, transitional housing, or permanent supportive housing program.

Their findings include a prevalence of major traumatic experiences for these mothers, which translates to physical and emotional problems among their children as well.

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Findings indicate that an effective response to family homelessness by housing and homeless programs should include the following package of essential supports, which St. Lawrence Place aims to embody for families:

  • Housing in a setting appropriate for each family
  • Comprehensive needs assessments to target services
  • Trauma-informed approach for all services
  • Case management to address income, education and employment
  • Parenting skill training and supports
  • Services to address maternal depression and post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Child-focused programs and service planning to support health, well-being and academic success

More on the SHIFT Study can be found here.

Jessica’s Journey

Posted by: Tyra Jefferson

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Jessica Dillard came to SLP in November 2009 with her daughter after she had been moving from house to house.   She was anxious, nervous, and frustrated that life choices and decisions that she made led her to SLP.  According to Jessica, “I had burned every bridge that there was with family and friends. I was homeless with a three year old and had nowhere to go.  I was trying to rebuild the little life that I had left but the struggles had become so big that I considered suicide as my final option.  In my quest trying to salvage my life and provide for my child, I came across St. Lawrence Place”.
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Summer News from St. Lawrence Place

Posted by: Becca Smith Hill

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Did you receive our Summer newsletter in the mail this week?  If not, that means you’re not on our mailing list–please remedy that by e-mailing us your info: bsmith@stlawrenceplace.org.
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